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Siarls 
Posted: 31-May-2005, 05:19 PM
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I'm not sure how to make an interesting dialogue!!! You want to hear Welsh and English, I presume?

I open my offer to all of you, although I'm sure Austaff has plenty of access to Welshiness with his family! In himself even! Do you still have family in Wales, Austaff?


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Posted: 31-May-2005, 05:44 PM
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Yes! Both Welsh and English! Because I want to hear your English too!! Let me think of some ideas... What about you and your friend interview each other, or if it's too personal, you can just read textbook dialogs. Diolch, Siarls. I can't wait! Arigato!


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Posted: 31-May-2005, 11:50 PM
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I found this great service that let you talk from PC to PC 'FREE OF CHARGE' (both Windows and MAC.) It's provided by Skype. I just downloaded the software (actually my husband did.) Now I'm ready to talk with any other Skype users (for learning Welsh at the moment.)

Have you got one, Siarls? It's so simple to apply and it's free! (unless you want other extra benefits.) You need a microphone and speakers but they don't cost much. (We have them already.) The website is:

http://www.skype.com/products/skype/windows or
http://www.skype.com/products/skype/macosx

Then you won't have to make voice files or CD. We can just talk on the computer free of charge!
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Posted: 01-Jun-2005, 06:27 AM
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I'll get my brother to help me sort it out and then I'll get back to you!
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Posted: 27-Jun-2005, 06:48 PM
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Posted: 27-Jun-2005, 07:53 PM
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Helo Gogsrus. Croeso i'r fforwm! Diolch am y wefannau 'ma. Welcome to the forum, Gogsrus. Thanks for the websites here. I sampled some of the songs which sounded great. I only wish they don't use white letters on black or bright background! I'm blinded afterwards!

I'm so glad you've come! We need more Welsh to boost the Welsh threads. Please introduce yourself in the 'Introduce yourself' thread under 'Wales' section. I hope you'll post in 'Beginner's Welsh' in 'Celtic Language' too. (You may sometimes need to search on the 2nd page for these threads.)

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Posted: 30-Jun-2005, 02:52 PM
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Helo Gogsrus! Good to meet you. Thank you so much for all of the great music sites! What a big help.


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Posted: 18-Jul-2005, 05:25 PM
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Hi,
I'm starting to find my way around, but haven't had much time to visit lately! I'll try to provide an intro later this week!

This caught my attention today!

Harpist stirred by story of Welsh princess Jul 18 2005




Rhodri Clark, Western Mail


The moving story of Gwenllian, Wales's last princess, has inspired a new album by harpist Llio Rhydderch.

Llio, like Gwenllian, was brought up on the shores of the Menai Strait, and one of the tracks on the new CD reflects Gwenllian's first innocent months in the area in 1282.

Gwenllian's father, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, was killed soon after her birth and the baby was moved by the English to Lincolnshire.

To ensure she did not produce children, she was confined to a priory at Sempringham, Lincs, until she died in June 1337.

Llio, who continues the centuries-old Welsh tradition of improvising on the triple harp, visited Sempringham while preparing the new album's music. Old Lincolnshire airs, including Brigg Fair, are woven into some tracks on the CD, titled Gwenllian.

Llio said she was spurred on to create the album by the success of the Princess Gwenllian Society, formed in the 1990s to keep the princess's memory alive and to maintain the Gwenllian memorial at Sempringham.

'Gwenllian has been a footnote for generations,' said Llio, who lives on Ynys M?n. 'Now she's coming back to the nation's memory. There's a lot of emotion in the music (on the new CD). There are some happy pieces too, especially where Gwenllian's innocence is portrayed.'

Ceri Rhys Matthews, who produced the CD at Cardigan-based record company Fflach, said Llio had consolidated in her new music many of the harp traditions in Wales from Robert ap Huw, in the early 17th Century, through the Romanticism of harpists in the 19th and 20th Centuries to the contemporary folk music of recent years.

'This is a work so sensitive it exists in the space between the artist and the listener, fresh and new on each listening. It reinforces my regard for Llio as a brave and inspiring artist,' he added.

Tomorrow Llio will perform at the World Harp Congress in Dublin. A concert to launch the new CD will be staged by Llio at Bangor Cathedral on Monday August 1, starting at 7.30pm. This coincides with the National Eisteddfod being held in Bangor.

The concert will also feature harpist Elin Wyn Jones, one of Llio's former pupils, Ceri Rhys Matthews on pipes and flute, and Estonian singer Sille Leamon with her husband Martin Leamon, who hails from Gower. Tickets are available from Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor.
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Posted: 18-Jul-2005, 07:32 PM
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Helo Gogsrus! Thanks for the great info about the CD. I hope it'll encourage the general public to learn more about Gwenllian and the history related to her.

And I hope you'll visit this forum often!

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Posted: 11-Aug-2005, 05:56 PM
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I like Sian James and especially Julie Murphy of Fernhill. Her voice is extraordinary. Both sing in Welsh. Fernhill has a website and so does Julie. I wrote her a fan letter in Welsh and got a reply also in Welsh. It made my day. There used to be a short live performance of her on the BBC online somewhere. I ran into it accidentally while surfing the site. She sang a very very old song about hunting wrens, which children apparantly used to sing. All I remember is

Ble wyt ti'n mynd, meddai John.....

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Posted: 11-Aug-2005, 08:38 PM
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I like Sin James too. Once I asked her for the lyrics to ones of her songs and she emailed me! I love her voice as well as her harp. I have "Pur" which she plays as she sings without any other instruments. It's excellent. I'll check into Fernhill.
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Posted: 12-Aug-2005, 02:12 PM
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I agree Gwen. I like her voice too. I don't have Pur but have an album of her's called Distaw. I'll have to write to her too. That's one great thing about the internet, the fact that you can write your favorite artists. I'd asked Julie Murphy for lyrics too. I'll have to get Pur. Let me know what you think of Fernhill.

If you like a capella or sean nos singing, there's an excellent CD out of sean nos singers singing in Irish, Gaelic, Welsh and Breton called Celtic Sounds and Songs or something like that. I'll have to find it at home and post the exact tittle. The songs in Welsh are sung by Julie Murphy. Its a wonderful album I think.

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Posted: 13-Aug-2005, 07:41 AM
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I couldn't wait to get back from Italy and tune into Radio Cymru. While in Italy, I took Elin Fflur's CD "Cysgodion". It's great, I love it and my Italian friend liked it too, saying that Welsh is a language that sings well!

You know the song "Something Stupid" by Nicole Kidman and Robbie Williams (I think it's a remake in fact). There is a Welsh version. I shall email Radio Cymru and ask them for more details.
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Posted: 14-Nov-2005, 10:09 AM
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Siarls, do you know what happend to my post I posted here on the 12th? I saw it printed before I left the forum. Now it's nowhere to be seen. It was about one of the CDs I bought, Mabsant and Siwsann George. It was rather long and I don't feel like writing it all over again. I just want to know if you have any idea.
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Posted: 14-Nov-2005, 03:49 PM
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Yeah same thing happened to me, as you'll see me complaining about in Croeso I Gymru link!!!!!
I shall find out...
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